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Your high five events for Thursday 27 September

WOW starts today at the TSB Arena on Queen’s Wharf with 17 shows over three (long) weekends. Hard to miss that. And the Chills and Tiny Ruins are playing at San Fran tonight. But there’s plenty more on offer in town…

Amid the daily craziness unfolding around Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump’s nomination to the vacant seat on the US Supreme Court, it may be edifying to be reminded of the power of that institution, and one of its greatest members. Returning from its popular and acclaimed NZIFF screenings., the documentary RBG profiles Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who at 85 is the oldest judge on SCOTUS with a legal legacy that changed the world for women. Great for all secondary students. As for younger children on school holidays from this weekend, if you’ve already seen Mirai, go for the newly opened The House with a Clock in its Walls, based on the gothic mystery novel by John Bellairs (the director is Eli Roth, known for adult gore-fests like Hostel and The Green Inferno, but don’t let that stop you).

Investigative journalist Nicky Hager, author of controversial books such as Dirty Politics and Hit & Run, will speak at an In Conversation event today about the sixteen-year history of New Zealand troops in the Afghanistan war, and the story of how he and Jon Stephenson went about researching that conflict. It’s a lunchtime event, from 12:15pm to 1:15 pm at Wellington Museum, Jervois Quay, with entry by koha.

LitCrawl, New Zealand’s most innovative and entertaining literary event, will return to Wellington from 8 to 11 November, with “27 venues, 40 sessions and 140 writers (or something like that)” according to their website. Get a better idea of what’s in store at their (free) Programme Launch tonight from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Te Auaha NZ Institute of Creativity, 65 Dixon Street.

Another free literary event, Censored! – A Brief History of Banned Books, is on at the same time, to mark Banned Books Week (23 to 29 September) at the National Library. Fiona Oliver (Curator NZ and Pacific Publications), Anthony Tedeschi (Curator Rare Books and Fine Printing) and Mary Skarott (Research Librarian Children’s Literature) will present a good-humoured survey of some of the controversial and banned publications from the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library and the National Children’s Collection. The talk runs from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor, National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon, with refreshments after the event.

The Wellington Astronomical Society and Astronz present a free public lecture tonight by internationally admired science communicator and educator Emily Lakdawalla, from 7:00pm to 8:00pm at the Horne Lecture Theatre, Level 12/31 Riddiford Street, Newtown. During Looking for Life in the Solar System, Lakdawalla (who had Asteroid 274860 named after her in 2014) will show many images and explain about the variety of different science missions actively exploring our solar system right now, with emphasis on the scientific motivations for their exploration.